Neil Lennon Quits as Celtic Soccer Manager After Four YearsPeter-Joseph Hegarty
Neil Lennon quit as Celtic soccer manager after a four-year reign that included three straight Scottish league titles.
The 42-year-old Northern Irishman took over from Tony Mowbray at the Glasgow club in March 2010 and Celtic finished second to city rival Rangers in the league in 2010-11, his first full season in charge, as well as winning the Scottish Cup.
Lennon then led the club to three consecutive league championships and another Scottish Cup, while Rangers were demoted to the fourth tier in 2012 after a financial crisis.
“I have parted company with Celtic,” Lennon said today, according to the British Broadcasting Corp. “The club are in a very strong position and I wish the fans and the club all the very best for the future.”
In the absence of Rangers, Celtic lost only one game in the 2013-14 Scottish Premiership season as it wrapped up the title with a 29-point margin over second-place Motherwell.
Celtic this season reached the 32-team group stage of Europe’s Champions League for the second straight time, and in November 2012 the team had a 2-1 win over Barcelona. It faces another qualifying campaign to reach the group stage in 2014-15.
Former Celtic players Henrik Larsson and Malky Mackay have been linked with the post, while newspapers including the Daily Mirror suggest Lennon could take over at Norwich City, relegated from England’s Premier League earlier this month.
Lennon represented teams including Crewe Alexandra, Leicester City and Celtic in his playing career as well appearing for Northern Ireland in international competition.